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Counter-terrorism training exercise being carried out in South Yorkshire

Emergency services from across Yorkshire are today testing procedures for dealing with multiple ‘major incidents’ in South Yorkshire.

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‘Exercise Keep Valley’ will simulate the decontamination of people who have been covered in poisonous chemicals as part of a suspected terrorist attack.

The main activity will take place at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium- but another major incident simulated elsewhere in the county will test how fire services respond to more than one large scale event.

The exercise will involve staff and vehicles from all four fire and rescue services in Yorkshire & Humber, plus other partner agencies, to test the arrangements those organisations already have in place for supporting each other across traditional county borders.

The ‘incident’ will include the deployment of the fire service’s Detection, Identification and Monitoring and Mass Decontamination vehicles which carries showers-tents and emergency clothing.

A small area around the Keepmoat Stadium will be closed to the public so the specialist equipment can be deployed.

Family pays tribute to 'perfect' father and fiancé killed in Doncaster collision

The family of a 24-year-old man who died in a collision in Doncaster have paid tribute to a “perfect” father and fiancé, as police formally name him.

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Ben Hart died on Tuesday 24 November following a collision in the Sykehouse area of Doncaster. At about 6.20pm, a passing driver discovered a silver Vauxhall Astra in a roadside ditch off Oak Lane, Sykehouse.

A statement released by Ben’s family said: “Ben was everything to us that any family could hope for.

“For all his years a perfect son and brother, for too short a time a perfect father and Natalie’s perfect husband to be.

“He will be missed more than anyone should have to know, thank you Ben for being everything to us all.

“Thank you to everyone who has been there for us, we do appreciate you all.”

Police have renewed their appeal for information and would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the vehicle prior to the collision or anyone who may hold information.

Doncaster man jailed for historic sexual offences

An 81-year-old man from Doncaster is expected to remain in jail for the rest of his life after admitting nine counts of non-recent rape of a child.

Edward Milne, of Austen Avenue, Balby, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court today where he was sentenced to 14 years behind bars.

Milne admitted the offences, which spanned an eight-year-period, at a hearing at Sheffield Crown Court in October.

The victim contacted police in September 2014 and a full investigation was carried out.

Milne began to carry out this abuse when the victim was only nine years old and he continued this horrific behaviour over a period of eight years.

His victim was vulnerable and Milne took advantage of her trust in him.

I cannot underestimate the pain the victim has been forced to live with as a result of this abuse.

Her courage to come forward to police cannot be underestimated and Milne would not be spending life in prison was it not for her bravery.

– Detective Constable Rebecca Breakwell


Dangerous sex offender last seen in Doncaster

A dangerous sex offender who absconded from a mental health hospital in Bradford is now believed to be in Doncaster.

Elwin Cuffy escaped from Cygnet Hospital Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Elwin Cuffy is believed to have been sighted in Doncaster Town Centre at around 5pm yesterday.

South Yorkshire Police is now working alongside West Yorkshire Police to trace him after he absconded from Cygnet Hospital in Bierley yesterday.

Mr Cuffy has mental health issues and could pose a risk to himself or others. We would urge anyone who sees him to not approach him but to contact police immediately.

– Superintendent Paul McCurry, leading the South Yorkshire investigation

Man escapes from mental health hospital

A man has absconded from a mental health hospital in Bradford.

Have you seen Elwin Cuffy? Credit: West Yorkshire Police

49-year-old Elwin Cuffy was last seen at 3.55pm on Saturday at Cygnet Hospital in Bierley Lane.

He is described as black, 5ft 9ins tall, of medium build, with dreadlocks to the back of the head and a beard and moustache. He was last seen wearing a black and white T-shirt, black jacket, black jeans, black and white trainers.

Mr Cuffy is from Doncaster and has links to Leeds.

Mr Cuffy has mental health issues and could pose a risk to himself or others. We would urge anyone who sees him to not approach him but to contact police immediately.

– Detective Sergeant Craig Mckay, of Bradford District CID

Two men on the run after escaping from prison in Doncaster

Police are appealing for information after two men escaped from a prison in Doncaster.

Barry John Henry Lynn, who is 35-years-old and from Newcastle, and Michael Forster, who is 41 and from Gateshead, escaped from Hatfield Prison near Doncaster at 1:06pm on Wednesday.

Officers in both the South Yorkshire and Northumbria force areas are currently looking for the men, who are thought to be in a new shape blue Vauxhall Astra.

There is a possibility that the men may be in the north east and enquiries are ongoing to locate them.

The public are urged not to approach the men but to contact police if they see them.

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and are currently in custody helping police with their enquiries.

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